Ships hit by U-boats


Soviet Steam merchant

Arkhangel´sk under her former name Uskvalley. Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,480 tons
Completed1929 - Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Burntisland 
OwnerSevernoje Gosudarstvennoe Morskoe Parokhodstvo (SGMP) 
Date of attack30 Sep 1943Nationality:      Soviet
FateSunk by U-960 (Günther Heinrich)
Position76° 54'N, 92° 29'E - Grid XA 4897
Complement42 (17 dead and 25 survivors).
RouteLaptev Sea (30 Sep) - Enisej river 
CargoMachinery equipment for the Norilsk plant 
History Completed in October 1929 as Uskvalley for Richard W. Jones & Co, Newport, Monmouthshire. 1939 sold to Soviet Union and renamed Arkhangel´sk
Notes on event

At 07.50 hours on 30 Sep 1943, U-960 fired one FAT torpedo at convoy VA-18 40 miles west of Russkij Island and heard a detonation after 5 minutes 50 seconds. The Arkhangel´sk (Master G.G. Ermilov) was hit in hold #2 and settled on even keel, but after a minute broke in two before the bridge and sank within 5 minutes. 15 crew members were lost and 27 picked up by the Soviet minesweeper T-886 (No 31), but two of them later died.


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